Corporate foundations - building a sustainable foundation for corporate giving

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This report explains why and how companies set up foundations, highlighting advantages, disadvantages and tips companies have shared with us. It also looks at the wider context of corporate giving.

Business in the Community undertook this research into corporate foundations because it appeared that there was a divergence of views on the benefits of companies setting up their own foundations.

On the one hand, the evidence showed that more and more companies were setting up new, or revitalising old, corporate foundations. On the other hand, there is a view in some quarters that the structure of a foundation may work against the trend of global, strategic, innovative philanthropy where companies are encouraging employees to get involved and not just write cheques.

In putting this together, we analysed Charity Commission returns, interviewed 12 corporate foundations in depth and consulted experts in the field of charity law, tax and operations.